PNP to deploy over 100 motorcycle cops, mobile cars for SONA convoy
Robie de Guzman • July 18, 2019 • 929
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) is set to deploy a total of 72 motorcycle cops and 36 mobile cars for the security of convoy of high-profile personalities who will attend President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Police Brigadier General Roberto Fajardo said a total of 171 personnel from the PNP-HPG will be deployed to ensure the security for SONA on July 22.
Fajardo the said the HPG unit is tasked to escort congressmen and other important visitors of the annual event.
“We will see to it that ‘yung highway natin is clear at the same time yung VIP natin ay makarating at makabalik don sa kanilang mga dapat puntahan,” he told reporters at the send-off ceremony of the HPG contingent for SONA 2019 in Camp Crame on Wednesday.
“We’ll see to it that the convoy of our VIPs, our leaders are properly undertaken and secured,” he stressed.
Fajardo assured the HPG personnel participating in SONA security preparations had undergone training and shooting simulation.
He also said that so far, police have yet to monitor any threat for the upcoming event.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has lauded the Philippine National Police (PNP) and local government units (LGUs) for the “safest Southeast Asian (SEA) Games” in history.
DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said there were no serious or major untoward incidents reported that marred the SEA Games.
“Naipakita natin ang ‘Filipino hospitality’ at ang bayanihan ng pulisya, nasyunal at lokal na mga pamahalaan, private sector at media (We have shown the ‘Filipino hospitality’ and the cooperation of the national police and the local government, private sector and media). This will go down in history as the best and safest ever,” he said.
There were 27,440 police officers deployed to site task groups during the whole duration of the SEA Games.
In Metro Manila alone, there were 18,105 officers securing the competitions; 6,554 in Central Luzon; 1,865 in Southern Luzon; and 916 in La Union.
“We will not rest until all the foreign athletes, coaches and staff have left the country. We are committed 100% to their safety and well-being. Congrats to the PNP for a job well done!,” Año addded.—AAC
MANILA, Philippines – All athletes who participated in the recently concluded 30th South East Asian Games (SEA Games) will be awarded and will get additional incentives from President Rodrigo Duterte.
The ceremony will be held at the Malacañang on December 18, Senator Bong Go told reporters.
The former Special Assistant to the President said the President is also giving the Order of Lapu-Lapu Award to all the athletes.
“Lahat ng gold medalist, silver medalist at ang bronze medalists ay makakatanggap ng Lapu-Lapu Award mula sa Pangulo (All gold, silver and bronze medalists will receive the Lapu-Lapu Award from the President),” Go said.
Among the recipients will be the ‘hero’ surfer Roger Casugay for exemplifying the Filipino value of bayanihan and showing the true spirit of sportsmanship when he chose to save his Indonesian competitor over his quest for a gold medal.
Go said the incentives and the awards are on top of what the athletes deserve to receive as mandated by law. – MNP (with inputs from Dante Amento)
The Philippine National Police (PNP) said security for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games will remain until the last foreign delegate has left the country.
In a statement on Wednesday (December 11), PNP Officer-in-Charge Pol. Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa said he has ordered the PNP security contingent to continue police visibility and provide assistance to SEA Games delegates.
“This mission ends only until after the last foreign delegate has left the country,” Gamboa said.—AAC
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